What is a temporary resident visa (TRV)?

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the IRCC website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

A TRV is an official counterfoil document issued by a visa office that is placed in a person’s passport to show that he or she has met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident.

A temporary resident is a foreign national who has applied for that status, met the obligations of A20(1)(B) and is not inadmissible  or a foreign national who is inadmissible but is issued a temporary resident permit. Temporary residents may be authorized to enter and remain in Canada as a visitor, worker or student.

The admission of temporary residents into Canada is a privilege, not a right.

Who requires a temporary resident visa

All foreign nationals entering Canada as a temporary resident are required to obtain a visa, unless otherwise exempted.

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When are visas not required?

Exemptions from the TRV requirement stem from:

  • The applicant’s nationality R190(1)
  • The type of travel document R190(2)
  • The purpose of entry R190(3)

Exemptions by purpose of entry:

Travel documents

For a complete explanation of what constitutes a valid passport or travel document for visiting Canada, refer to OP 16, Passports and Travel Documents.

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